KUALA LUMPUR - Barisan Nasional leaders who said that they would only serve those who supported the coalition have come under fire from MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
Such statements, Dr Chua said, were detrimental to its component parties, especially MCA, MIC, Gerakan and SUPP, which had lost the support of the Chinese community.
He said some Barisan leaders, especially those from Umno, had told the people that the allocations were only meant for those who voted for the coalition.
"These leaders have sent out an unhealthy message. It's as if the Chinese community are being punished for not giving their votes to Barisan.
"This will incite their dissatisfaction with the Government and make it even more difficult for the component parties to regain their support," he said after the media launch of the 5th World Chinese Economic Forum (WCEF) here yesterday.
In fact, Dr Chua said, the coalition should cooperate and work out a way to win back the support of the people.
He stressed that all allocations belonged to the people and every race should have its share.
He said he had met with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who had assured that there was no attempt to punish the non-bumiputra for not supporting Barisan.
WCEF is aimed at promoting closer business linkages, tapping into the economic resources of Chinese entrepreneurs worldwide and providing a platform for global collaboration.
Some 400 people from over 30 countries are expected to participate in the event to be held on Oct 3 and 4.